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Chapter 11 , Section 2. Life During the Depression. The Depression Worsens. Issues Arise. Banks continued to experience failures Thousands of companies going out of business Approximately ¼ of the workforce now unemployed. Limited Relief . Unemployed & their families often went hungry

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issues arise
Issues Arise
  • Banks continued to experience failures
  • Thousands of companies going out of business
  • Approximately ¼ of the workforce now unemployed
limited relief
Limited Relief
  • Unemployed & their families often went hungry
  • Stood in breadlines or lined up outside soup kitchens
  • NYC’s YMCA fed 12,000 daily
homelessness
Homelessness
  • Struggling to pay rent/mortgages
  • Some would or could not move from their homes
  • Landlords needed eviction notices from the courts
  • Bailiffs would come
    • Eject nonpaying tenants
    • Pile belongings in street
  • Homeless people set up shacks on public lands
    • Called shantytowns, nicknamed Hoovervilles
hobos
Hobos
  • Mostly boys and young men
  • Searching for work or better life
  • Wandered the country
    • Walking
    • Hitchhiking
    • “Riding the Rails”
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The Dust Bowl
  • Over-farming
  • Drought
  • Windstorms
  • Crop production decreased
  • Banks foreclosed on farms
  • Farmers moved to California
    • Okies

CAUSES

CONSEQUENCES

comic books
Comic Books
  • Popularity began to rise
  • Originally reprints of news paper comics
  • Superhero genres led to original stories being printed
  • Superman (1938) and Batman (1939)
movies
Movies
  • Going to movies ~ once per week
  • Popular genres included:
    • Comedies
    • Horror
    • Musicals
  • Walt Disney produced first feature length animated film
    • Snow White (1937)
literature
Literature
  • Attempting to portray life around them
  • The Grapes of Wrath
    • Joad family flees Dust Bowl after losing farm
    • Make new life in California
  • Based on Steinbeck’s visits to migrant camps
  • Utilized stream of consciousness technique
  • The Sound and the Fury
    • Shows character’s thoughts and feelings
    • Characters don’t always speak
    • First section of the book not written in a fluid timeline

John Steinbeck

William Faulkner

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Art
  • Photojournalism on the rise
    • New 35mm cameras allowed for easy transport
    • Showed affect of GD on average American
  • Painters part of regionalist school
    • Emphasized traditional American values
    • Grant Wood’s American Gothic